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Lunar Settlement: Moon Base Construction via 3D Printing

Lunar Settlement: Moon Base Construction via 3D Printing

Written by David

January 23, 2019

Lunar building block Credit: ESA–G. Porter 3D printing on the Moon is getting a boost thanks to demonstration work by the European Space Agency. For example, a 1.5 ton block has been 3D printed using simulated lunar dust. The structure spotlights the feasibility of constructing a Moon base using local materials. The structure was produced using a binding salt as ‘ink’; its design is based on a hollow closed-cell structure – combining strength with low weight, similar to bird bones. 3D printing is gaining traction as a technique of choice for establishing Moon base structures. Credit: LIQUIFER Systems Group 2018/René Waclavicek The block was made during an initial feasibility project on lunar 3D printing. ESA has subsequently investigated other types of lunar 3D printing, including solar sintering and ceramics. Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local […]

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